I have been reading about Kundalini yoga and have realized that though people consider the Kundilini arousal state to be the consequence of spiritual enlightenment, the after-effects of this arousal have surreal outcomes which cannot be explained by Physiologists. So my question is, in the history, what was believed to be the outcome of this yoga?

When I searched about this in the net, the only abstract answer to this question I got was, "It causes spiritual enlightenment". More than finding information on the good side of this yoga's outcome, I find information on the bad side of this yoga, and also suggestions on what must be done if someone experiences this state.

But my question is, what was believed to be the goal motive for yogis in the past in performing this yoga, and what is the actual necessity of this yoga? Why would anyone want to do a yoga that has a bunch of negative effects but not a single clear positive effect? I want to know what the Hindu books have got to say about this.

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You can read Sri Ramakrishna's experience given in 'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna'. Here is an excerpt from 'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna':

A man's spiritual consciousness is not awakened unless his Kundalini is aroused. The Kundalini dwells in the Muladhara. When it is aroused, it passes along the Sushumna nerve, goes through the centres of Svadhisthana, Manipura, and so on, and at last reaches the head. This is called the movement of the Mahavayu, the Spiritual Current. It culminates in Samadhi. One's spiritual consciousness is not awakened by the mere reading of books. One should also pray to God. The Kundalini is aroused if the aspirant feels restless for God. To talk of knowledge from mere study and hearsay! What will that accomplish?
Just before my attaining this state of mind, it has been revealed to me how the Kundalini is aroused, how the lotuses of the different centres blossom forth, and how this culminates in Samadhi. This is a very secret experience. I saw a boy twenty-two or twenty-three years old, exactly resembling me, enter the Sushumna nerve and commune with the lotuses, touching them with his tongue. He began with the center at the anus and passed through the centres at the sexual organ, navel, and so on. The different lotuses of these centres - four petalled, six-petalled, ten-petalled, and so forth- had been drooping. At his touch they stood erect. When he reached the heart - I distinctly remember it- and communed with the lotus there, touching it with his tongue, the twelve-petalled lotus, which was hanging head down, stood erect and opened its petals. Then he came to the sixteen-petalled lotus in the throat and the two petalled lotus in the forehead. And last of all, the thousand-petalled lotus in the head blossomed. Since then I have been in this state.

Sri Ramakrishna in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna on August 9, 1885.

  • I understand that. but my real question is, why should one want the kundalini to raise to their head? What are the other reasons for it, other than attaining spiritual enlightenment?
    – Sreram
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 19:39
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    The main reason is that raising Kundalini to one's head helps purify one's mind which then leads to spiritual enlightenment.. Commented Nov 6, 2015 at 5:31

It's the other way around, enlightenment is attained after the kundalini rises to the sahaswara, and stays there. So the purpose of raja yoga is to have the kundalini slowly rise is a systematic safe way.

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    You should cite sources.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Nov 6, 2015 at 12:31

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